The original Halflife broke new ground in the realm of first-person shooters. A real plot, NPCs with some life to them, coherent and challenging missions, and impressive art and sound all showed us what could be done with a first-person engine. Halflife 2, unbelievably, was even better than the first game. The Source engine’s introduction of incredibly-detailed physics and objects, even more spectacular graphics, and more lifelike NPCs really made this game a worthy successor to the Halflife lineage.

The single-player game is not only complex and difficult, it’s really fun! Speeding around on boats and jumping ramps, sneaking around quiet buildings waiting to jump (or be jumped by!) anything, and racing through heart-pounding narrow escapes highlight some of the action you will experience. As new concepts and equipment are introduced, they are explained through the game, but the interface is so good that it’s hardly necessary. Combined with a great story, this game is hard to beat.

I have to admit, I have never played this game in multiplayer. I have only played multiplayer games based on the Source engine (e.g., Counterstrike: Source). Unfortunately, I had to give the game a 5 in this area, since I haven’t tried it myself.

The numbers:

  • Historical Authenticity: 5 out of 10
  • Graphical Realism: 8 out of 10
  • Audio Realism: 8 out of 10
  • User Interface: 9 out of 10
  • Tactical Gameplay: 8 out of 10
  • Mission Design: 10 out of 10
  • Mission Replayability: 8 out of 10
  • Single-Player: 10 out of 10
  • Multiplayer: 5 out of 10
  • AI: 8 out of 10

Overall: 79 out of 100 – This is one amazing game! So get it already!




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